Easter Study 2006
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Resurrection hope of the Faith
Community: a call to begin again...
through each of the suggested characteristics of the resurrected
relationship with God. What would it take to move your congregation
fully into each of these? What would have to happen? Which things would
have to change and how could you facilitate those changes?
but one person in the group close their eyes. The remaining person
slowly reads the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel. Each person
imagines he/she is Jacob through the telling of the story.
How do you
encounter the angel? What does it look like? Does it say anything to
you? How do you first engage it and begin to wrestle? What are the
issues you are wrestling over? What happens when you demand to be
blessed? What part of you is “put out of joint” or injured in this
struggle? What does the angel whisper in your ear? The angel gives you a
new name. What is it? What does this mean for your life now? What will
you have to give up to take on this new name? Will you choose to accept
it or not? What are the consequences either way?
this exercise with group members being the angel this time.
How do you
encounter this Jacob‑like person? What does the person look like? Does
the person say anything to you? How do you first engage the person and
begin to wrestle? What are the issues you are wrestling over? What
happens when the person demands to be blessed? How do you decide what
part of them needs to be “put out of joint”? What name do you whisper in
their ear? What is your intent for the person's life? For their life in
this exercise with the Church as Jacob, and discuss. Which of the three
suggested forms of wrestling do you see happening in your congregation?
Describe the outcomes of each.
Working within the system.
Changing it all now.
(or parts of each) appeal to you? Why?
it mean in your congregation to “test everything, hold fast to what is
good”? How might you do this systematically?
your study group infiltrate the congregation and take “resurrection
stances” on every committee, in meetings, in classes?
you discern what is “of God” and what is not without developing a
creedal litmus test? What are characteristics of God in action? How do
we know it is God who is leaking and not our own intentions? Does that
evolving relationship with God include what we have previously called
“worship”? Or does our dialogical relationship call for collaboration?
What checks and balances are built into this relationship? How do we
keep it on track? Is there a track?
your current relationship with God and the need for re‑ligio or
rebinding. Describe how that rebinding occurred through church,
imagine moving from that relationship to in‑spiro or breathing
with God. What emotions/feelings does this evoke? What are the
differences between the two relationships? Is re‑ligio safer than
in‑spiro? Why or why not?
the crucifixion scene, or have one member read it, where Jesus dies and
the Holy Spirit explodes out of him and implodes into all creation, even
into you, so that now you are, in fact, breathing with God, breathing
the spirit of God in and out with each breath you take, united with all
others in creation, here and elsewhere, who are doing the same thing at
the same time. What does this mean for your daily life? For your life in
that our relationship with God and each other is continually evolving,
what would you imagine the next step would be beyond in‑spiro?
What would it take to get there?
finished the book and the study questions, what will you do differently
in your congregation? In your prayer life? In your personal life?
book and the study questions one year from now and see what has changed
for you, and for the DYING CHURCH and the LIVING GOD.